Piazza San Placido 7
Phone: +39 095 7151844
|"Saint Agatha" By Francisco de Zurbarán - Web Gallery of Art: Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1112906. Obtained on 12/18/2017.|
In a nondescript building in a piazza just off of Via Vittorio Emanuele (they actually have four locations in Catania), my Sicilian wife was looking for Minnuzzi di Sant'Agata (aka St. Agatha's tits - it's a long story), a Catanese specialty, to take to her relatives in Erice (near Trapani).
The ricotta filled pastries bearing her name actually look like a lovely white breast, red nipple and all. You can apparently only get these extremely sweet pasties, I mean pastries, during the Christmas season and around her name day (February 5th). The filling is sweet ricotta and covered by an extremely sweet sugar-based shell, topped with a red confection in the shape of a nipple. If you eat them the right way, like a pizza, with more filling than sugary shell, they are actually quite tasty. After all, I never tasted a tit I did not like (sorry Saint Agatha, I could not help myself).
Anyway, back to I Dolci di Nonna Vincenza ...
The shop, which was recommended and known by every local we talked to, sits on the side of a piazza and looks quite small, even smaller as you first walk in. But if you walk up the stairs to your left, you enter the first large room filled with cookies and candies. Go around the corner to the next big room filled with cakes and St. Agatha's breasts, both large and small.
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Title: Catania, Sicily (Italy): The Search For Saint Agatha's Tits ("Minnuzzi Ri Sant'Àjita" in Sicilian)
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